Youth basketball tournament ranks among biggest events ever hosted in Raleigh

Raleigh, N.C. — On Tuesday, it was announced that The United States Basketball Association Boys National (USBA) Championship will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center in July 2019, 2020 and 2021. It will be the largest single-week youth sporting event ever held in Raleigh, based on total hotel room nights.

The event will see more than 15,000 attendees from around the world and is expected to generate the need for more than 19,000 hotel room nights and $11M in tourist spending each year.

“The GRSA [Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance] is thrilled to bring the USBA Boys National Championship to Raleigh,” said Scott Dupree, GRSA executive director. “Not only is this a first-class and prestigious event, it is a massive one, with an economic impact that will be felt throughout Wake County. The arrival of USBA further strengthens Greater Raleigh’s national reputation as a premier destination for youth sports.”

The championship event will feature 450 teams – with players in grades 2nd-12th – competing over five days each year. That is approximately 5,100 athletes and coaches and their families. The 2018 Championships, held in Charlotte, saw teams from 38 states and four international teams.

“Three other markets were being considered for the USBA Nationals with Raleigh being selected in the end for its diligent follow-up and comprehensive considerations of USBA needs,” said Dan Wollman of World Events Sports Properties, which provides the courts and other event services for the tournament in conjunction with USBA.

“The USBA destination is, for most of our players, a family vacation with parents and siblings attending the event. In the end, we’re delighted for them to experience all that Raleigh has to offer as a family-friendly destination.”

The dates for the tournaments are:

July 16-20, 2019

July 14-18, 2020

July 13-17, 2021

“We are delighted that USBA has selected the Raleigh Convention Center (RCC),” Dupree said. “And that’s a tribute to the RCC and its track record of hosting large, successful sporting events over the years.”